For the weekend that’s in it.
Ireland Vs Scotland.
Lansdowne Road, Saturday, February 19, 2000.
Ireland took to the pitch with a quintet of debutants, among them, Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer (airborne above), hoping to break a 12-year-long record of defeats.
The victory would usher in a golden era for Irish rugby.
Gerry Thornely, in the following Monday’s Irish Times, wrote:
And with one bound, Ireland were free. Just like that. It’s amazing what a bit of pace and variation, a bit of old-fashioned aggression and a little of confidence and luck can bring. But what a day, what a metamorphosis.
It was scarcely credible really. The sun shone for once gloriously on this normally overcast fixture, Lansdowne Road rediscovered its spirit and even the singing was good.
Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Scotland rugby fans , from left, Dave Cockburn, Fran Costello, Stevie Douglas all from Edinburgh about to be horrifically overcharged for liquor.